Windies name Andre Russell in World Cup squad

2019-04-25 at 07:15

West Indies have named all-rounder Andre Russell, who has played only one one-day international since 2015, in their World Cup squad.

A Twenty20 specialist in recent years, is included but all-rounder Marlon Samuels misses out.

Opener Chris Gayle, West Indies’ second highest ODI run-scorer, also features, having said he will retire from the 50-over format after the World Cup.

The tournament in England and Wales runs from 30 May to 14 July.

Russell, who completed a one-year anti-doping whereabouts ban in January 2018, played an ODI against Bangladesh in July last year but a knee injury has limited his appearances since then – although he is currently starring in the Indian Premier League.

Pace bowler Shannon Gabriel, who played the most recent of his 18 ODIs in 2016, has also been recalled.

All-rounder Fabian Allen was preferred to spinners Devendra Bishoo and Sunil Narine.

West Indies play Ireland and Bangladesh in a triangular one-day series from 5-13 May, before starting their World Cup campaign against Pakistan at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on 31 May.